by Jonathan Butcher
Goldwater Institute
December 20, 2013
Policy Brief
Because education savings accounts give parents many different choices, lawmakers in Arizona and around the country should monitor both the spending flexibility and the academic outcomes to make sure children have access to the tools and services they need, and that they are, in fact, learning. Some Goldwater Institute focus group respondents said they struggle to keep track of which expenses are eligible and which are not. State lawmakers must keep track of parent feedback like this to make sure students have broad access to multiple services while also taking steps to prevent fraud. Education savings accounts have the potential to give every child the chance at a great education and will need careful legislative adjustment, a sustained legal defense, and more research on student outcomes in the coming years to live up to the potential.

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